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How Do Compression Gloves Work for Arthritis?

How Do Compression Gloves Work for Arthritis?

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One of the most common, but no less debilitating, causes of pain and disability around the world is arthritis.

There are approximately 350 million people worldwide who suffer from arthritis. In the US alone, 40 million people have to deal with the condition; a quarter million of which are children.

Among the more common areas affected by arthritis is the hand. And over time, it can lead to people losing the use of their hand muscles. In such cases, arthritis gloves, designed to provide compression, are used to complement medical treatments. These can help lower pain and swelling, as well as increase hand mobility.

How do they work?

Compression gloves are engineered to provide compression, warmth, and light support to the hand and its joints. This involves increasing oxygen delivery to working muscles, thus enhancing circulation around the affected area, prompting faster removal of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes.

The glove’s compression and warmth encourages the efficient flow of fluids thus reducing inflammation and accelerating the body’s natural repair process.

Your options…

There are numerous compression glove designs available but no hard and fast rules related to how and when they should be used. Generally however, it’s best to choose one that features some sort of copper for anti-bacterial purposes.

Full gloves are best used for those who suffer from hand pain related to rheumatoid arthritis and should be worn overnight while sleeping.

For daily use, try using half-gloves that expose your fingertips to ensure freer hand movement and better coordination.

Tips for maximum relief

Dr. Arthritis, a brand known for their line of compression gloves, created their collection anchored on the founders’ experience and insight as medical practitioners. To that end, here are some tips they have to make sure that you get the most out of your compression gloves—

  1. Make sure your gloves fit well. They shouldn’t be too tight, nor should they be too loose or you won’t get the benefits you need from them. Consult a doctor or your physical therapist if you need help determining the right fit.

  2. Wear your gloves as long as you can. Overnight would be best, but if this isn’t possible, just make sure that you stick to the eight hour rule.

  3. Make sure your gloves provide even support across your wrists and fingers.

The brand’s collection are made using a high quality blend of 88 percent copper nylon with 12 percent spandex—making it one of the products with the highest copper content available, and ensuring all-day comfort.

Dr. Arthritis’ main mission is to improve the lives of people who suffer from joint and muscle pain—regardless if it’s because they suffer from conditions like arthritis or are recovering from an injury. The line was founded by two practicing medical doctors from Imperial College London, whose on-ground experience and medical expertise contributed to the development of the product.

Visit to check out the entire line and enjoying the benefits of compression therapy today.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below.

  • Full Fingered Arthritis Gloves

    Full Fingered Arthritis Gloves & Dr. Arthritis Handbook (Grey)

    $ 17.95
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  • Ladies Compression Gloves

    Ladies Compression Gloves & Dr. Arthritis Handbook

    $ 17.95
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  • Premium Compression Gloves

    Premium Compression Gloves & Dr. Arthritis Handbook

    $ 17.95
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  • Copper Compression Gloves

    Copper Compression Gloves & Dr. Arthritis Handbook

    $ 17.95
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Medically reviewed by Dr Adam Gunasekara. He is the Co-Founder of Doctor Arthritis. He graduated from The Imperial College London with an MBBS (MD) - The article was written by the Dr. Arthritis Editorial Team.

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